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Whitetail Deer Harvest Steady in Northwest Montana

Fish & Wildlife - Region 1

Thursday, November 19, 2015

At the six northwest Montana check stations through Sunday, November 9, a total of 8,634 hunters checked 442 whitetail deer (335 of these were bucks), 61 mule deer, and 55 elk for a 6.5 percent rate of hunters with game, the same percentage as last year.

The number of whitetail bucks and mule deer bucks checked is down slightly from last year, while elk numbers are up. Hunter numbers are up about 7 percent.

The counts at the six northwest Montana check stations represent a sampling of the harvest and do not represent the complete number of animals taken.

Wildlife Manager Neil Anderson noted that strong numbers of younger bucks continue to show up at the check stations. “We anticipate seeing the older bucks come through check stations over the next few weekends,” he said.

Hunters are reminded that it is buck-only for whitetails in northwest Montana. Antlerless whitetails remain legal game for youth 12-15 years of age (and some qualifying 10- and 11-year-olds, see regulations). Mule deer are buck-only for the entire season. Elk are brow-tine bull only. Spike bull elk are not legal game for any hunter in Region One. Hunters should refer to the hunting regulations for the hunting district they plan to hunt.

Wolf Harvest: Hunters have taken 20 wolves in Region One to date (as compared to 13 last year at this point in the season). Statewide, hunters have taken 61 wolves (as compared to 54 last year). This is a count of the number of wolves taken as of November 9.